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Your Hybrid has Implications on Plant Health and ROI

Jun 21, 2021

Hybrid Implications on Plant Health and ROI
Environment, disease outlook, and field history are some of the factors to consider when to move forward with a fungicide application. Your hybrid's response to fungicide is another important part of the puzzle. 

Each year, our distributing partner, WinField United tests 240 hybrids across seed brands to determine response-to-fungicide (RTF) scores. Unlike most seed guides, which base disease ratings on visual observations, Answer Plot data is used to calculate the potential yield response of a fungicide application by hybrid. The trials are replicated more than 200 times to account for different growing conditions and geographies for consistency of the RTF rating.

A high or even moderate RTF score can make a big difference in bushels per acre which in turn makes an impact on an operation's bottom line. 
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Hybrids with a Moderate RTF designation can potentially preform almost double the bushels per acre compared to a hybrid with an RTF score in the Low range, and a hybrid with a High designation approaches three times that of a Low response score.  

This shows that your variety matters when it comes to ROI on a fungicide application.


Download the PDF of Popular Hybrid RTF Scores Here.


A hybrid's RTF score is just one of the considerations when making the decision to apply fungicide. Your Co-Alliance Agronomy team member knows the specifics of your field to maximize its yield.Contact us to discuss your field-specific needs. 

But there are other factors that go into a fungicide decision. Jason Roth, Winfield United Agronomist, walks through some of those factors regarding corn and fungicide in the video below.





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